Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is well integrated with its other offices across Switzerland; its Lugano offering includes expertise in transactions, dispute resolution, private client and tax. The managing partner is tax specialist Paolo Buttini, who is instructed by Swiss and foreign banks and other financial institutions. Cesare Jermini is well versed in litigation and arbitration, and he is noted alongside Massimo Vanotti.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bottini

Other key lawyers:

Cesare Jermini; Massimo Vanotti


‘Competence, problem-solving approach and availability.’

‘Paolo Bottini is a very open person, with a problem solving approach.’

Key clients

Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino


Cavotec SA


Work highlights

  • Assisted the Swiss start-up company xFarm with raising €3m in a financing round involving United Ventures and TiVenture.

Kellerhals Carrard

The practitioners at Kellerhals Carrard's Lugano office are active in a range of practice areas, notably in M&A, intellectual property, dispute resolution and tax. Led by private client specialist Massimiliano Maestretti, the line-up also includes corporate adviser Henry PeterGiovanni Stucchi who knows tax and commercial law well, and DR-expert Ivan Paparelli as well as Andrea Fioravanti and Stefano Perucchi.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Maestretti

Other key lawyers:

Henry Peter; Giovanni Stucchi; Ivan Paparelli; Andrea Fioravanti; Stefano Perucchi; Lars Schlichting; Jonathan Bernasconi

Key clients

36th America’s Cup Arbitration Panel

AF Corse Srl

Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana SpA

Audi Sport GmbH (W Racing Team SA, Belgium and Comtoyou Racing JNVS Sprl, Belgium)

Deborah Group SpA

Dukascopy Bank

Euroleague Basketball

Fondo Edifici di Culto

Inpeco SA

Manchester City Football Club Ltd.

Parmalat Group

TAS International

Zegna Group

Work highlights

  • Advised TAS International SA on the restructuring of the Group and on the acquisition of the Infraxis Group.
  • Supported Parmalat in a procedure against a private person in front of the competent authorities.
  • Assisted Precicast Industrial Holding SA with the transfer of 100% of the issued share capital (together with its five fully owned subsidiaries) from the current shareholders to the listed company Georg Fisher AG and in the negotiations of the ancillary agreements.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. has 'extensive knowledge in different sectors'. The Lugano-team's key practice areas are corporate, commercial, IP/ IT, real estate, banking and inheritance law, as well as dispute resolution and transactions. Led by IP and life sciences specialist Stefano Codoni and corporate practitioner Davide Jermini, the firm advises a mix of national and international companies. Counsel Stefano Fornara is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Stefano Codoni; Davide Jermini

Other key lawyers:

Stefano Fornara


‘It is a competent team, which offers a professional, personal service and particularly attentive to the needs of the customer. It takes the necessary time, evaluates the chances of success and in a transparent manner advises the client on the steps to be taken.’

‘Stefano Fornara is a lawyer who dedicates time to the client; he does not waste time and goes straight to the point. He has an excellent ability of synthesis and presents the solution proposals to the customer in a simple and comprehensible way.

‘The team is very well prepared, flexible and cooperative and subject matter experts are supporting us in a very consistent way.’

‘Very motivated, capable and resourceful team. Extensive knowledge in different sectors.’

‘Stefano Fornara: young, capable, fast and very reliable.’

‘High standard legal advice, in a positive atmosphere, with a lot of time, flexibility and concrete solutions.’

‘Stefano Codoni and Davide Jermini are technically outstanding, with a nice way to approach clients and cooperate with other business partners. Easy to create an interdisciplinary team with.’

‘Competences & reactivity.’

‘The approach and the solutions proposed by Stefano Fornara have always been very balanced, weighing the accents on the pros and cons. In addition the availability, speed and courtesy, have always been a strength that I really appreciate. It is a great pleasure to work with lawyer Fornara.’

‘Credibility through experience and knowledge. Very well connected in Ticino in terms of stakeholders, brings additional added value.’

‘Stefano Fornara has shown great commitment to our action, addressed all the possible pain points and gave us hints to find an effective way out. Stakeholder management was top priority: he brought outstanding knowledge of the region and of the stakeholders.’

‘The team is very responsive and always available. We are handling complex cross-boarder litigations together and I am happy to can rely on the team of Stefano Codoni.’

‘Stefano Codoni is a practitioner in trademark and unfair competition litigation with an extremely high expertise. He combines a thorough knowledge of statutory and case law with a great business acumen for the benefit for the client.’

‘Stefano Codoni is fluent in all three languages, German, Italian and English. That is a great benefit in assisting Italian clients.’

‘Walder Wyss has a highly specialised team and follows every customer with a personal approach. The specialists are strong in different issues and can give you a 360 degree consultation. The strong presence in the biggest cities and immediate contact with the customer stand out.’

Key clients

Actial Farmaceutica Srl, Rome, Italy

Bravofly / Bravonext/ Lastminute.com

Riverside Europe Partners BVBA (Part of Riverside Group)


Artisa Group

Akara Funds AG

Lifeware SA,

TDK Lambda


Supreme Italfigo Sagl

Fiduciaria Mega SA

Bernasconi Martinelli Alippi & Partners

Bernasconi Martinelli Alippi & Partners handle disputes, banking and finance, real estate and tax matters. Alessandro Martinelli, Paolo Bernasconi and Fabio Alippi are the names to note.


Collegal, which was created in January 2020 through the merger of local boutiques Bolla Bonzanigo & Associati, Centoventitré studio legale, and Flavio Amadò, handles a breadth of legal areas. Its offering includes dispute resolution, banking and finance law and advice on corporate and public law. Flavio CanonicaGiovanni MoloLorenzo Moor, Rocco Bonzanigo and Flavio Amadò are the names to note.

CSN Law Attorneys-At-Law

Boutique firm CSN Law Attorneys-At-Law covers business law and contentious matters, advising clients on banking, criminal, civil and corporate law. The partners are Claudio Simonetti, Francesco Naef, Daniele Calvarese, Costantino Castelli and Andres Alessandro Martini.